Lately the peanut-stuffed, coconut-covered glutinous rice balls at Happy Star have been sold out by midafternoon. But even if my attention hadn't turned to that bakery's savory menu, I'd have a new favorite: New Wing Wah's peanuts are more finely ground, and the confection as a whole is a touch sweeter, too. Also shown: black sesame gelatin, one of several unlabeled jiggly items often sitting in a tray on the countertop; a slice of lotus seed cake. None of these costs so much as a dollar.
New Wing Wah Bakery
246 Grand St. (Chrystie St.-Bowery), Manhattan